Online chess has opened amateur and professional competition to a wide and varied group of players.
FIDE also awards life-time master titles to skilled players, the highest of which is grandmaster.
Many national chess organizations have a title system of their own.
The game is played by millions of people worldwide.
Each player begins with 16 pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns.
Since the 1990s, computer analysis has contributed significantly to chess theory, particularly in the endgame.